Out With The Old: Rules for Cleaning Out Your Closet

August 13, 2011  |  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” sings Andy Williams in the back of my head every August when the fall fashion mags start to come in the mail and bring with them good deals.  Around this time the mail carrier bears a bit of a heavier burden since all of my September issues of Glamour, InStyle and the like are stuffed with all of the latest fall fashions and I start making a list (and checking it twice) of leather knee boots, high-waisted skirts and pea coats that I need to buy.  In fact I am currently infatuated with a French Connection two-toned trench featured in Glamour’s September issue, the one with red-hot Rihanna gracing the cover.

This past weekend after unburying myself from the stiletto avalanche that I fell victim to after opening my closet, I decided I absolutely needed to clean out my closet to make room for new purchases.  As my mother would say, “You have to get rid of the old to make room for the new.”  Would I be subscribing to this philosophy if I had a huge Mariah Carey-style walk in closet?  I don’t think so.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t find items that had been living in my closet rent-free for years that I know I absolutely would never wear again.

Are you confused about what to keep and what to toss from your closet? To avoid being featured on a future episode of Hoarders check out these rules that I live by to make the most of the little space I have:

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